In a move aimed at curbing the spread of extremism in prisons
The British government intends to isolate prisoners on high-profile terrorism charges to curb the radicalization of other inmates, Justice Minister Dominic Raab announced yesterday. “We must nipple coercive control tendencies imposed by extremists that may lead to extremism and terrorism,” Britain’s justice minister told Sky News. Rapp wants to “make extensive use of (…) separation centers” that exist to isolate potential terrorist recruits.
On Time Radio, Raab explained that the UK has 28 “separation centres” but that “we’re only using nine at the moment”. He announced that he would allocate 1.2 million pounds (1.4 million euros) to target detainees who should be isolated because they pose a threat to radicalize other detainees.
This announcement coincided with the publication of an independent report on terrorism in prisons in England and Wales, whose authors argued that the threat in prisons comes from terrorism and that “there is no other threat to it.” “Prisons should not become a second chance for terrorists whose plans to launch an attack in society have been thwarted,” the report said.
There have been several terrorist attacks in the UK in recent years, including the killing of two young men in November 2019 by a man convicted of terrorism.
Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, were stabbed in London by Usman Khan during a conference on a prisoner reintegration program he was attending. The 28-year-old attacker was serving a prison sentence in a terrorism case and was released midway through his sentence, eleven months before the attack, which also wounded three other people.
In the United Kingdom, a total of 200 people were convicted of terrorism and another 200 in connection with terrorism.